Monday, 30 December 2013

Ruby the wired haired dachshund (had a very shiny nose)

Doodimals zentangle pet portraits NicseARTh
'Ruby' - Doodimal commissioned pet portrait - A3 watercolour and ink 

So I hope everyone had their own perfect kind of Christmas. I know we did. This year was our first in our new Scottish cottage and we did what we always do which is to have a perfectly relaxing & quiet day with just the two of us & the dogs (& this year the cat too!) except this year we both went to the rescue Centre and spent some time walking the dogs there in the morning before coming home to assume the prone position on the sofa for the rest of the day. 

There never seemed any point sweating and swearing crossing Brussels sprouts and stuffing turkeys (or tofurkeys!) when it was just the two of us so we've never bothered with Christmas dinner preferring instead to cook a whole pile of 'party food'  like (veggie) sausage rolls, onion rings, spring rolls, potato wedges, nuts, dips, crisps - basically everything that's bad for you and we just nibble our way through that all day instead.

Normally we would go to my folks for Boxing Day but now we're up in the far north we had to make do with Facetime on the iPad instead this year which isn't quite as good as being there to enjoy their company and the amazing Christmas dinner that my parents make (just because we can't be bothered to cook one doesn't mean we don't enjoy my mum's home cooking!) 

Anyway, our day was perfect for us and luckily we only lost 1 roof tile in the storms that battered the UK - I know some folk in the South of England were flooded and had no power and it must've been a pretty horrible time. 

I decided I was taking a break from art over the Christmas and New Year holidays and I've done just that using the time to catch up on my reading instead which has been lovely as I never seem to get the chance to lose myself in a good book these days despite only working 2 days a week! I seem to have less time for reading than ever before-that was the only good thing about a daily commute to work I guess! 

Anyway this is a pet portrait commission that I did just before Christmas. Her name is Ruby and she is an adorable wire haired dachshund. Her person is an old school friend of my sister who happened to see the dachshund doodimal in a photo on Facebook of my Christmas fair stall. She chose the colour palette and I have to say I love it - perhaps my favourite colours of any doodimal so far. Sorry the photo isn't the best - I've yet to master photographing A3 pieces without the shadows - I need a bigger scanner!

The real Ruby - cute as a button.

Anyway I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year and here's to even more creativity in 2014.


  1. glad you had a nice Christmas…sounds like a perfect, relaxing day. love your Ruby drawing. you are so creative!!

  2. Ruby is enchanting, and the colour choice by her owner looks good - it gives the impression of a gentle and peaceable little dog. I hope 2014 is good for you, and wish you a Happy New Year.

  3. That's a perfect way to spend the day. :) Love Ruby! Happy New Year 2014!

  4. I've also taken a blogging break til after the New Year but already have such exciting things to share :) I love a quiet Christmas. Although ours begins with a lot of noise and chaos it does end nicely like yours. Love your sweet portrait.So glad to hear you had hardly a touch of damage from all the UK storms. Happy New Year!!!

  5. That's a pretty good way of spending the day, it made our news the storms and flooding in England, not much fun for them hope everyone is ok.
    Ruby is a cutie.

  6. A Very Happy New Year, Nic! I hope to start following your brilliant blog again, in 2014.

  7. That's such a cute dog, and I love your version as well! Have a lovely year, here's to lots of creativity and joy in 2014!

  8. Another great Doodimal and such a cute dog. A quiet munchies Christmas sounded perfect. Glad to hear you were ok from the storm. Happy New Year!

  9. such a sweet little dog, sounds like you had the perfect Christmas, Happy new year, may it bring you creative light and inspiration. x

  10. Sounds like you had a perfect Christmas and boxing day! Ruby, both the dog and the doodimal are precious. Great job, Nic! And Happy New Year to you and S.

  11. lovely portrait, happy christmas, happy new year and see you soon!

  12. Happy New Year Nic! Your Christmas sounds far less stressful than mine was and I feel I need a holiday to get over it! Today there is this very strange golden blob in the sky... I can't remember what it's called... Um... erm.... Oh yes! The Sun!!! It has made it's first appearance for what feels like months!!! Hurah! :0)

  13. Here comes a late new years wish!! :) Lovely painting!

  14. Happy New Year Nic! I hope it will be a year full of happiness and creativity for you! I love a lazy Christmas, I'm the same, I cant be bothered with cooking a special Christmas meal, mainly because I'm rubbish at it. But the best thing about Christmas was that my boyfriend made it here at all on Christmas Eve, with trains lying all over the tracks, and no trains or anything running at all in the South of England. But he somehow made it, and all was well :)
    Yes, commuting is definitely good for reading. Even though I now have a much shorter commute than before, it still gives me almost a whole hour of reading everyday.
    Love your Dachshund, and all the different patterns you always come up with for each part. And the colours are just gorgeous!


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